The GCFI Student Awards


Outstanding Student Awards for Academic Achievement

In 1997, GCFI, together with the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council, began offering an Outstanding Student Award for Academic Achievement. The award was granted to the best student oral or poster presentation and paid transportation to the subsequent GCFI. Beginning in 2003, one additional Outstanding Student Award was funded with support rom the the consortium from the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs (Florida Sea Grant, Mississippi/Alabama Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant and Texas Sea Grant). Two $1500 US awards are now offered each year for the best oral and poster presentations. These awards provide support for travel to the subsequent GCFI meeting [requirements]

GCFI Travel Awards

GCFI is now offering two travel awards of $750 US each for travel to the GCFI meeting occurring the same year that the award is given. One award will be given to a student from the Latin America Caribbean Region and another to a student at a U.S. or Canadian educational institution. awards are sponsored by the Puerto Rico Sea Grant program.

All full-time students planning to give an oral or poster presentation are eligible to apply for these awards. Completed applications, with all supporting paperwork, should be sent to , and must be received by the Student Awards Committee by July 31. Students will be notified of acceptance/rejection by September 1. Note that to be eligible for this award, an abstract must be submitted to the GCFI website by the the deadlines. Students applying for a Travel Award are also eligible to compete for the Outstanding Achievement Awards.

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The Ron Schmied Scholarship

VanessaHaleyAn endowed scholarship fund in Ron's name will support graduate student travel to the annual meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. This award is supported by the International Game Fish Association and donors that recognized the important cintributions Ron's made to sustainable marine recreational fisheries. Students with a social, economic, biological, ecological, or management perspective on recreational fisheries will be eligible to apply for the travel scholarship. Each scholarship will cover the costs of airfare, lodging, and meals to attend the GCFI annual meeting up to $1,500. Selection of awardees will be based on the level of achievement, innovation, and promise demonstrated in abstracts submitted for the annual meeting as well as a vita and statement of career goals in fisheries management. For more information, click here.

SCRFA Award for Students of Fish Aggregations

In 2013, the Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) began offering a Student Travel Award of US$800 to a student in the Caribbean Region to attend the 66th GCFI, Corpus Christi, Texas. The SCRFA Student Travel Award is to encourage and help students to work in this important area and showcase their ideas and work at GCFI. Please visit this page for more information.